A brief history of tartan in Scotland

A brief history of tartan in Scotland

Tartan is one of the most distinctive and recognisable textile in the western world and Scotland has become one with it. The earliest reports we see about tartan come from the Roman writers Virgil and Tacitus who wrote that the picts/celts were wearing striped, sometimes across, cloaks, shiny and bright.   Tacitus also says they were […]

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A History of Scottish Highland Dancing

A History of Scottish Highland Dancing

The origins of Highland dancing like most of our Scottish traditions are swathed in the mists of time. Our proud history and traditions were orally told and passed through the generations.   It is said that the old kings and clan chiefs would hold Highland games as a means to select the best men at […]

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Buying a kilt v hiring

Buying a kilt v hiring

We all know that a kilt is an expensive purchase, but when you think of all the suits you’ll be buying over the years compared to one kilt that is specifically made to last a lifetime, is it really? You could hire a kilt. Let’s just say you are getting married and of course you’re […]

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Learning to make a kilt

Learning to make a kilt

When selling traditional Scottish clothing what can be more iconic than the Scottish Kilt.  This has to be one of the most recognisable items of clothing in the world. Kilts are cherished for generations. As soon as you talk about kilts you hear wonderful family stories; like people still having their grandfather’s military kilt. People […]

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Hundreds of Piping Santas Advance on Edinburgh

Hundreds of Piping Santas Advance on Edinburgh

Bagpipe playing Santa Clauses descended on Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens over the weekend, to help warm up runners at the city’s annual Santa Run. Hundreds of runners and walkers dressed as Santa took part in the Wish Upon A Star Charity event to raise money for sick and terminally ill children. The Stockbridge Pipe Band […]

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Kilt Like an Egyptian

Kilt Like an Egyptian

It seems wherever you travel around the globe, you can’t miss signs of Scottish influence. From bagpipes being played in far off antipodean lands to Ceilidhs taking place in South America, the Scots have sure spread themselves far and wide. I recently traveled through Egypt, eyes peeled for any evidence of these great wanderers. Today […]

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Scottish Register of Tartans Criticised

Scottish Register of Tartans Criticised

The Scottish Register of Tartans has been criticised for including designs in their repository by Disney, a German Pipe Smokers group and Peter Rabbit. The Government register, which provides a definitive resource for protecting and promoting tartans, has come under fire by Scottish Members of Parliament, claiming the approval process needs to be changed to […]

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